We went to Secrets Puerto los Cabos from June 13 to June 20, 2014. The resort had been open since December and I would give it five stars all around. That doesn’t mean it was perfect, but if you like what it has to offer it is definitely a resort you want to look at.
SPLC is primarily selling gorgeous views. The resort is set up to provide ocean views from almost all the rooms and all the restaurants and pools. And those views are spectacular. If you’ve never been to the Cabo area, you need to realize most beaches are not for swimming. There is too much of an undertow and people have drowned trying to swim. In fact, SPLC has a life guard sitting on the beach to insure no one tries to go in the water. But the view of the ocean and the huge waves coming ashore is breath taking.
The resort is slightly angled (to provide the ocean view) and has 500 rooms. While we were there perhaps 120 of those rooms were occupied so it didn’t feel crowded. But if you go at a time when they all will be occupied, I think it would feel crowded.
The Rooms. We stayed in the least expensive room, a garden view suite. Although it says garden view all that really mean was that there was a building in front of ours, but we were on the third floor and could easily see the ocean. We also were further back from the ocean just southeast of the main buildings. It was a quick walk to the concierge, Rendezvous (the main bar), and Coco’s Café. Just down the steps from there was the Market Café and a little further west you find all the main restaurants.
The rooms are spacious with double sinks (they aren’t right next to each other—one is near the bathtub and the other by the shower). Jackie was looking for a full length mirror and finally found two. One is on the back of the doors for the wardrobe closet and on the back of the sliding door for the bathroom. She also vowed the next time we go she would bring her own hair dryer as the one in the room wasn’t powerful enough for her.
I really liked the door they had if you ordered room service and the lights to either tell the maids the room was ready to be cleaned or you didn’t want to be disturbed. One of the faults we had found with other Secret Resorts were the beds were too hard for our taste. However, the bed at SPLC was pretty comfortable.
The Restaurants. I’m going to rate the restaurants on three things. First is the view and ambiance, second, is the presentation of the food, and third is the quality of the food.
Oceana. The restaurant closest to the ocean and the most romantic, Oceana has three different kinds of tables and chairs and we like the white wicker ones best. Oceana and Seaside are the only two restaurants that don’t have an air conditioned indoor seating area and the heat can be brutal until the sun goes behind the mountains. That happened around 7:40 PM while we were there and after that happened, it became much more comfortable. You may have seen pictures of a table that seems to be by itself—and it is. It is a wine table. In order to sit there you need to order a bottle of wine off the wine list and the wines range from $45 up. I would rate it at 5+ in view and ambiance.
The presentation of the food is great. I would give it a 5.
Finally the quality of the food was good. Jackie ordered crab cakes the first time we ate there and found bits of shell in the cakes. She wasn’t impressed with the shrimp brisk. But she thought the entrees were very good. I had steak (I’m not a fish eater) and found it to be very good as well. Overall the food quality gets a 4 from us and Oceana gets a 4.5+.
Seaside Grill. Seaside is another restaurant that doesn’t have an indoor seating area so it can get hot there. It is open for lunch and dinner.
Seaside overlooks the main pool and further down is the ocean. It has the term grill in its name so the ambiance is that of a nice grill, but it really isn’t romantic or special. I would rate the ambiance and view as a 4.
The presentation of the food is good. I would give it a 4.
Finally the quality of the food was good. Jackie enjoyed the tacos (we only ate lunch there) and we would give it a 3.5. Overall the Seaside Grill gets a 3.5+.
El Patio (Mexican Restaurant). We have found that at most of the resorts we’ve encountered to be our least favorite. That wasn’t the case with El Patio. The view and the ambiance were terrific. The outdoor section was a round patio with shade including a rather large tree. Indoor they have a beautiful layout and it is nicely air conditioned. I would rate the ambiance and view as a 5. The presentation of the food is good. I would give it a 5.
The quality of the food was very good. Jackie loved the Avocado soup and she had a special grill dinner (as did I). Overall, we would give the food 4.5 and the rating of the restaurant was 4.5
Himatsu. Next door to the El Patio is Himatsu, the Asian restaurant. We ate there twice. We intended on trying the Teppenyaki tables but didn’t get our reservation in soon enough. Both times they only had the 6 PM seating and the 9 PM seating left when we tried. The outdoor area is spectacular in its design and the view is good. We ate the first time outdoors and the second time indoors. Both were great experiences. I would rate the ambiance and view as a 5.
The presentation of the food is good. I would give it a 5.
The quality of the food was very good. I liked the fact that even though we weren’t at the Teppenyaki tables you could order some of the same food that they cooked there. We had fried ice cream for dessert here. The food here also rated a 4.5 and the restaurant overall a 4.5.
Portifino. Portifino is the Italian Restaurant and was probably the most disappointing one. It is on the second floor with two outdoor areas to sit. Both had nice views, but the ambiance wasn’t there. I would rate the ambiance and the view as a 4.
The presentation of the food is good. I would give it a 4.
The quality of the food was not what you would expect. This was the Italian Restaurant, but you didn’t smell the garlic and the other herbs you associate with Italian cooking. It was a disappointment and we would only give the food a 3. Overall the restaurant was our lowest rating for the ala cartes with a 3.5.
Market Café. It was only open in for breakfast and lunch while we were there. I assume when the resort is more full, it will be open for dinner as well.
This restaurant has an okay view and ambiance. It doesn’t compare to the better restaurants in this regard so I would only give it a 3.5.
The presentation of the food is how it was presented in the buffet tables. It was well done, but nothing exceptional. We give it a rating of 4.
The quality of the food was in fact pretty good. We are talking breakfast and lunch. Jackie loved the spiciness of the dishes. So for the quality of the food we will give it a 4 and overall rate the Market Café as a 4.0.
In summary Jackie and I differed a bit in how we would rate the restaurants overall. Both of us thought Oceana was the best. My list then was Himatsu, The Patio, Seaside Grill, the Market Café, and Portifinos. Jackie’s was The Patio, Himatsu, Seaside Grill, the Market Café and Portifinos.
The drinks. The drinks are pretty good everywhere. They have a featured drink each day. We did find the selection and drinks at Rendezvous to be the best. Also BarRacuda was not open yet (they had a temporary bar by the beach). BarRacuda btw is a swing bar and should be a great spot to “hang” around at the beach.
Entertainment. We went to a show they had on the beach on Friday night and then to a Tropical Island show on Tuesday. We also went to see an outstanding guitarist on two separate nights at Rendezvous. On many nights we went down to Oceana and the pool there to just sit and look at the stars.
The staff. This was one of the most outstanding staffs
Conclusion. A great resort, but I recommend you go to it soon. As I mentioned earlier, I don’t think they have a big enough footprint to handle 1000 guests without it being very crowded.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Settled in front of the Sea of Cortez, this all-suite ocean front resort offers 500 spacious suites with finely- appointed amenities, full service spa, gourmet a la carte restaurants and elegant bars and lounges. Surrounded by mountains, the Baja desert and two golf courses design by Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, guests will enjoy all the Unlimited-Luxury® privileges they deserve. For added luxury, 150 ocean view suites are reserved for Preferred Club with access to additional privileges. This ocean front resort is just 10 minutes from downtown San Jose del Cabo and 30 minutes from the Los Cabos International Airport. Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort – Secluded. Stunning. Splendor. ... more less
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